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Australian bishop admits breach of abuse victim's confidence

June 09, 2010

An Australian bishop has acknowledged that he drew a reprimand from his fellow bishops for violating the confidentiality of a woman who had reported sexual abuse.

Bishop Joseph Grech of Bendigo wrote a letter of apology to Michelle Goldsmith for having discussed her case with the president of her parish council, despite a policy that protects the anonymity of people making abuse complaints. The bishop reportedly told the council president, "that girl needs professional help."

Bishop William Morris of Toowoomba, who handled the complaint against Bishop Grech for breaking confidentiality, said that it was important to take disciplinary action, even against a bishops, because "systems are only as good as those who put them into practice."


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  • Posted by: Steve214 - Jun. 09, 2010 7:04 PM ET USA

    Why would he discuss something of this nature with the parish council president? That position has no standing to take any action in regards to affairs.